If you have some serious time and serious energy, take an adventure: hike the 20 miles out the Chase Trail to see what's left of a luxury hotel built as a layover for the railroad journey between Seward and Fairbanks. (Even now, the railroad doesn't travel that whole distance in one day.) The first 14 miles is a nice gravel trail, but the dirt trail that follows can be muddy. Yet the whole trail is completely flat and follows the raid bed the entire way. And while you're hiking, you may see homesteaders who live near or just off the tracks. At the end of the trail, you'll see the remnants of the once-thriving Curry Hotel—a layover for tourists built in 1923 that burned down in 1957. The hotel, a midway stop between Seward and Fairbanks, featured swanky rooms, golf, skiing, a swimming pool, and amazing views of Denali. Today, all that's left are rusty generators, old rail cars, and some interpretive signs that give it the eerie feel of a ghost town. Don't want to hike all 40 miles? Certain days of the week (Thursday-Sunday in summertime) you can take the Alaska Railroad Hurricane Turn train one way or both ways.
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